Toddler Puts $1,000 Cash Through A Shredder
Children ruin everything. At least, this one did. Temporarily.
Ben and Jackee Belnap tore their house apart last weekend, but they weren't looking for their keys. They sought something far more valuable - an envelope containing $1,060 in cash. They'd borrowed the money from Ben's parents to buy season tickets for the University of Utah's football games, and now needed to pay them back. Yikes.
They searched the whole house, even digging through the trash, but couldn't find it anywhere... Until Jackee thought to check the shredder. In an interview with KSL-TV, Ben said, "I'm digging through the trash and she hollers and says, ‘I found it!’ She’s holding the shredder and she says, ‘I think the money is in here!'"
Apparently the couples' 2-year-old son, Leo, is no stranger to their paper shredder. “Leo helps me shred junk mail and just things with our name on it, or important documents we want to get rid of,” said Jackee. Good training for office work, but maybe they should've waited until he was 6 or 7.
So... what happened next? Did they freak out? Disown the kid? Throw the shredder in the trash? Not yet, as far as we know. Jackee says, "We just, for like five minutes, we just shuffled through it, not talking. We didn’t know what to do and then I broke the silence and I’m like, ‘Well, this will make a great wedding story one day." If that's not a good attitude, we don't know what is.
Fortunately for the Belnaps, there's a light at the end of this shredded tunnel. Damaged bills can be sent to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which is associated with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The cash has to be carefully packed and sent with an estimate of the value, and can take anywhere from 6 to 36 months to be processed.
As Ben relates, "I called the guy the next morning and he said, ‘Oh, we might be able to help you here,’ and I was shocked. He said, ‘Bag it up in little Ziploc bags, mail it to D.C., and in one to two years, you’ll get your money back.’"
That's a long time to wait, but it's certainly better than taking the thousand-dollar loss. It looks like it's all working out in the end, but something tells us little Leo has lost his shredder privileges for the foreseeable future.